Description of 20 Fenchurch Street
20 Fenchurch Street is a 38-storey 687,000 sq ft office building with SkyGarden on top in the City of London EC3.
The building designed by Rafael Vinoly is also known as the ‘Walkie-Talkie'.
The 525 ft, 38-storey, 690,000 sq ft building provides world class office space, with each floor offering 360° of unrivalled views.
The floor plates range from 14,000 - 28,000 sq ft, providing both flexible high specification accommodation with the larger floor plates on the higher floors.
The building got the nickname because of its shape, flaring outwards from a narrow base.
The sky gardens with a viewing platform, restaurant and bar are on the 35th floor. Entrance is on Philpot Lane.
2014 - The building completes.
2013 September - The 'Walkie Talkie' building melts cars. BBC reports of the dangerous sunray reflection of the building that melts parts of the cars parked nearby. The building was then partly covered with a net.
2011 January 18th - Construction of 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3 officially started.
2009 October - Planning permission granted for: Erection of a 38 storey building comprising Class B1 (office), Class A1 (shop) and Class D1 (non-residential institution) at ground level providing entrance for public access to the skygarden at 35th floor level and above, including roof terrace to be used for uses within Class D1 (non-residential institution) and Class A3/A4 (restaurant and cafe/drinking establishment). Erection of a five storey building for Class A1 (shop), Class A3 (restaurant and cafe) and A4 (drinking establishment) uses, associated servicing facilities, including vehicle lifts to basement and parking for bicycles and motorcycle at levels 2 and 3 and plant at levels 4 and 5 behind screened enclosures and associated works. Construction of two levels of basement for underground parking, servicing, and ancillary plant and storage. Provision of a new pedestrian route and publicly accessible open area, landscaping, and provision of new vehicular access arrangements and reconfiguration of existing servicing arrangements for adjoining properties and other associated works. (99,739sq.m) (1,073,617sq.ft). Access: David Bonnett Associates, Acoustic: Hann Tucker Associates, Archeological: MoLAS, BREEAM Assessment: Faber Maunsell, Catering: GWP, Cladding: Schneider Fensterfabrik; Josef-Gartner; Schneider Facades, Cost Estimator: Sense Cost Consultancy; Davis Langdon, Construction Manager: MACE Limited, Environmental: WSP Environmental, Executive Architect: Adamson Associates Architects, Façade Access: REEF Associates, Fire Protection Engineer: Locke Carey, Land Surveyor: ELS Land Consultants Ltd., Landscape Architect: Gillespies Architects, Lighting: MBLD, MEP Engineer: Hilson Moran Partnership, Planning: DP9 Planning Consultants, Planning Surveyor: Alfred McAlpine Safety Services, Pre-Construction Management: Bovis Lend Lease; MACE Limited, Rights of Light: Gordon Ingram Associates, Security Engineer: Arup Security Consulting, Space Planning Consulting: Pringle Brandon, Specifications Engineer: Schumann Smith, Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles, Transportation Engineer: WSP Developments, Wind Tunnel Engineer: BMT Fluid Mechanics.City of London ref. no. 08/01061/FULMAJ.
2007 July - Initial planning permission approved, which included the demolishing of the buildings at 20 Fenchurch Street, 14-15 Philpot Lane, 10 Rood Lane, 33-35 Eastcheap, & Part Basement At 37-39 Eastcheap London.